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How To Quickly Rip A CD Onto Your iPad/iPhone In Ten Minutes Without iTunes

I used to have a ton of CDs. I spent a fortune back over ten years ago collecting them. Now they are all sitting in boxes in my garage. Literally. I almost NEVER use CDs anymore. I don’t even own a CD player. My MacBook Pro doesn’t have a DVD/CD Drive; only my aging PC can play CDs in my house.

The days of the CD are almost over. I purchase all my music digitally.

However, there will be times when you need to rip* a CD to get it on your iDevices. Yes, the traditional way would be to use iTunes and attach your iPad/iPhone to your computer. But what if you’re in a hurry, perhaps at work, without your own computer, and you really would like a digital copy without the hassle of iTunes?

These are the steps:

What you’ll need:

  • The CD you want to rip
  • An online storage account (probably Dropbox, Box, or Skydrive)
  • Any PC or Mac in your workplace
  • About 10 minutes

I completed during the middle of my lunch break today. The music teacher wanted to have me listen to a few tracks, since I am playing guitar for the musical next week. So, since I didn’t really want to use the CD, I sat at one of the staff computers, and I did the following:

1. Open up Windows Media Player, insert the CD, and press “Rip”:

2. See that the formatting is proper: Do NOT use WMA (Nobody uses that format anymore!);

3. Ensure it is set to MP3.

4. Know where your files are being ripped to (also in settings). I set it to a folder on the desktop;

5. While it is ripping, open your browser to the online version of your Dropbox/Box/Skydrive. Since all three of these services have very capable iOS apps, you will be able to listen to the music almost immediately. Use Google Chrome if possible. If not, IE or Safari will do.

6. After it rips, upload the entire folder to your Dropbox/Box/Skydrive account (Make sure you create a new folder there). Why I prefer Google Chrome is because you can copy and drag the folders entire contents onto it. On IE, you will have to highlight the files and press “Enter”.

That’s it! Since the CD I ripped was an obscure one, the tracks weren’t labelled. You can go back and rename/label them if you want on the PC. Most popular CDs will already have tracks that are labelled automatically.

Remember that you can “Favorite” files for offline use. Once it is downloaded on your device, you will no longer require an internet/data connection to play it. I was able to listen effortlessly to the tracks that I need to practice.

Above: My offline files “Favorites”: I can listen to/view these files without an internet connection.

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*Definition: Rip = the process of importing songs from a CD to a digital format (mp3).

*Note: I used a PC because that’s all we have at school. If you need help ripping a CD on a Mac, check out this post. Also note that your files that you import using this method will not be available in your Music app, but rather only within the Dropbox, Box and Skydrive apps themselves.

13 comments on “How To Quickly Rip A CD Onto Your iPad/iPhone In Ten Minutes Without iTunes

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  3. Graham
    April 3, 2014

    Thank you – it worked!

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  6. Anonymous
    January 1, 2015

    So you’re using the “drop box” app to store the “favorite” (and downloaded) files? and when you open the file once it’s saved as a favorite it’s playable… I can’t put drop box on the ipad, and it doesn’t seem to save locally when using Google Drive (without the app). Not working for me.

  7. Anonymous
    January 11, 2015

    Thanks a lot!

  8. Johnny Dunn
    May 5, 2015

    Many thanks Steve ,great blog worked first time,I hope to upload all my cd’s and they are many,many more, got a new car no CD player ,just a USB port, have iPad & iPhone just need the time, with good lady Heather and two boys both at high school and right into football ,never get a minute this tech stuff leaves me well behind but will keep at it. .? Who knows. Might even learn a thing or two ,with help from guy’s like you cheers mate.

  9. Donna Fisher
    August 3, 2015

    This is great! Thanks for sharing it – I REALLY didn’t want to install iTunes on my laptop.

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This entry was posted on April 3, 2013 by in cloud, Dropbox, General, how-to and tagged , .
Steve Lai

Steve Lai

Father. Teacher. Blogger. iPad and iPhone aficionado. Musician.

French teacher by day, father and blogger by night. I love to blog and read tech blogs. I write an iPad blog as it relates to education. I teach young kids the French language and love my job. I play the guitar and piano. I have a beautiful wife and two awesome daughters and a maltese-poodle dog. I love playing roller hockey and taking walks at English Bay in Vancouver. I enjoy traveling and can't wait to bring my daughters to Paris. Canucks are my team, along with the Seahawks.

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